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No sign of Sajjan, CBI slammed

delhi Updated: Feb 23, 2010 22:48 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
No sign of Sajjan

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday told a city court that former MP Sajjan Kumar, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, is absconding and the investigating agency is unable to track him down.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said, “It appears the Investigating Officer (IO) of the CBI is sitting hands on hands rather than arresting the accused.”

The judge ordered the fresh summoning of Non-Bailable Warrants (NBW) in the supervision of the CBI Director himself. The court issued fresh non-bailable warrants against Kumar and 11 other accused for March 10.

The CBI told the court that it conducted four raids at Kumar's residence from February 19 to February 22 to arrest Kumar but he was nowhere to be found.

The judge shot back at the CBI saying how can a former MP who enjoys impassable security be hard to locate?

The judge said, “Is the NBW to be executed at the residences only?”

The court noted the CBI could have tracked down Kumar by locating his cell phone. The court observed from the groundwork done by the investigation agency, it looks as the case has no hope.

“The CBI just wants to complete the paperwork,” the judge said. The CBI’s counsel, Y.K.Saxena, said the investigating agency has tried its level best to arrest Kumar.

Kumar’s defence counsel I.U. Khan said, “He is available and not at all absconding, although I have not spoken to him in the past 15 days.”

The court said the CBI looks in no mood to arrest the Kumar.

The court also dismissed the CBI’s contention of declaring Kumar a Proclaimed Offender (PO). Dismissing the contention, the judge said, “I am left with an impression of suspicion with the efforts put in by the CBI.”

The court also accepted the CBI closure report in a case registered with the Mongolpuri police station in which one person was killed. According to the CBI, no witness is available.